Edit Historically, the Heresy sprang forth from various blood cults in which vampires were worshipped as gods. During the days of the Roman Empire in 74 CE , as Gnostic cults flourished, a Lamia named Artemisia fell in love with the mortal scholar Menippus, an adept of the great Gnostic Apollonius. Both exchanged lore with each other: Menippus told the Lamia about the principles of his cult, and Artemisia shared the principles of Cainite lore with him. This caused the Cappadocians to take notice of the cult. Soon, vampires, due their incorruptible bodies, their independence from the material world and due the power that their disciplines granted them, were regarded by some Gnostics as creatures of higher spirituality and were sought after for teachings in exchange for vitae.

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Edit The Heresy began as a ghoul cult in imperial Rome. The Heresy turned on its undead masters and destroyed them, and subsequently became a sect of vampire-hunters. Somehow, the Heresy survived into the modern era thanks to the patronage of its mysterious Sources.

Purpose The Cainite Heresy are dedicated to revealing vampires and their powers to the rest of the world, so that the world can rise up against the blood-thirsty "Descendants of Caine" and destroy them. Organization Edit Long ago, the Cainites were nomadic. They sometimes took the roles of wandering entertainers, lepers, gypsies, or wandering monks. A cell in Cardiff exists around a policy think-tank based in the Welsh Assembly.

In Kolkata, nearly a hundred Cainites survive across the Hindu, Muslim and Sikh communities, working under the cover of a union of small businessmen in the many markets and bazaars scattered around that vast, labyrinthine city. A Buenos Aires police detective with a penchant for obscurantism manages a small network of Cainites, some of whom have never even heard of each other—which is how it should be.

But who can he trust? And in Philly, they inhabit a basement of a church with all the intensity of the religious cult they once were. Some cells have autocratic leaders. Some operate on a democratic basis. Some have committees who choose members when they need to. Secrecy is paramount. But certain ideologies appear again and again. Extremists want to see the vampires destroyed now. They imagine the day when the authorities will know and understand, and dream up plans for means and facilities to imprison and exterminate the undead in vast numbers.

On the other hand, Revolutionists take the view that the authorities and the large media out- lets are hopelessly compromised, and so the mass destruction of the vampires must happen at the hands of the people. Unlike the Extremists, who try to appear sensible and reasonable, Revolutionists sometimes come across as wild-eyed, fervent Fatalists comprise the biggest number among the Cainites.

They simply believe that although trying to alert authorities and people is all well and good, the only people who really have the tools at hand to defeat the monsters are the Cainites. The danger is that they sometimes have a tendency to take non-Cainite lives a little lightly.



Which makes many loosely Christian vampires either see it as Heresy or decide to follow it, its kinda depends on the individual. Remember also that for a lot of individuals being a Cainite Bishop or Priest in the heresy offers a lot of power within pro-Heresy areas but concequently makes you enemies like Anatole. This would probably piss off the more Christian vampires. This would also be combined with the whole illfeeling throughout the middle ages towards the church and its huge amount of wealth, influence, power and corruption that would occasionally flare up. Especially with the encouragement of monastic orders and the formation of Friars to lives of more apostolic poverty and granting or using of wealth to the poor, charity etc.



The oldest source is to be found in Irenaeus, adv. Cain and Abel[ edit ] Ireneaus states that the Cainites regarded Cain as derived from the higher principle. They claimed fellowship with Esau , Korah , the men of Sodom , and all such people, and regarded themselves as persecuted by the Creator. But they escaped injury from him, because they were protected by the goddess Sophia. Epiphanius of Salamis Haer. He describes Abel as being derived from the weaker principle. Watercolour on wood.

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